A Baby is Born

A Baby is Born

Portugal

2020

15 min

Portugal

2020

15 min

A Nepali immigrant family in Lisbon, Portugal welcome the birth of their child. They invite Mahesh, a salesman and incidentally the only Hindu priest available to perform the naming ceremony for the baby. We go with Mahesh into the humble living spaces of Nepali immigrants, become familiar with their culture and witness the comfort they receive in being able to perform this delicate ritual in a new land, while living under difficult circumstances. With the birth of their child they find renewed happiness and hope. For Mahesh, bringing a revered priest home is an opportunity to redeem himself in the community. Mahesh wants to be able to have the financial means to bring his wife and baby, currently in Nepal, to Portugal someday. The film has moments of nostalgia for a life left behind and the hope of a better future, with the beginning of a new life.

A Nepali immigrant family in Lisbon, Portugal welcome the birth of their child. They invite Mahesh, a salesman and incidentally the only Hindu priest available to perform the naming ceremony for the baby. We go with Mahesh into the humble living spaces of Nepali immigrants, become familiar with their culture and witness the comfort they receive in being able to perform this delicate ritual in a new land, while living under difficult circumstances. With the birth of their child they find renewed happiness and hope. For Mahesh, bringing a revered priest home is an opportunity to redeem himself in the community. Mahesh wants to be able to have the financial means to bring his wife and baby, currently in Nepal, to Portugal someday. The film has moments of nostalgia for a life left behind and the hope of a better future, with the beginning of a new life.

Original Language

Nepali

Direction

Suraj Bhattarai

Camera

Suraj Bhattarai

Editing

Suraj Bhattarai

Sound

Faizan Ali

Script

Suraj Bhattarai

Producer

Doc Nomads Master’s Programme

Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Suraj Bhattarai, 33, is from Thimphu, Bhutan. He recently earned a Master’s in Documentary Film Directing from the Doc Nomads Joint-Masters programme in Lisbon, Budapest, and Belgium. Bhattarai has directed four short documentaries as part of the degree. He also holds a graduate degree in Business from Leiden University. Bhattarai has worked as a documentary producer and attended and pitched a feature project at various documentary platforms and workshops, including Docs Port Incheon (2018) and the Japan Prize in Tokyo (2018) as a finalist. He is currently working as an Assistant Director for a feature length documentary.

Suraj Bhattarai, 33, is from Thimphu, Bhutan. He recently earned a Master’s in Documentary Film Directing from the Doc Nomads Joint-Masters programme in Lisbon, Budapest, and Belgium. Bhattarai has directed four short documentaries as part of the degree. He also holds a graduate degree in Business from Leiden University. Bhattarai has worked as a documentary producer and attended and pitched a feature project at various documentary platforms and workshops, including Docs Port Incheon (2018) and the Japan Prize in Tokyo (2018) as a finalist. He is currently working as an Assistant Director for a feature length documentary.

Contact

Suraj Bhattarai

Royal Thimpu College, Ngabiphu 13,

Thimphu, Bhutan, 11001

bhattaraisrj@gmail.com

Contact

Suraj Bhattarai

Royal Thimpu College, Ngabiphu 13,

Thimphu, Bhutan, 11001

bhattaraisrj@gmail.com